£15m levelling up arts boost

Another £15.2m is being available by the government to boost levelling up for access to cultural venues, DCMS has announced.

Arts organisations will have to submit bids for fourth round grants from the Cultural Development Fund. The money is to be directed towards creating job opportunities and training places as well as supporting efforts by institutions to attract tourists.

Since the fund was launched in 2019 £76.8m has been handed out, delivered via Arts Council England.

Among previous projects are the development of Market Hall, Devonport (£3.8m), the Elsecar Heritage Centre in Barnsley (3.9m, pictured) and Morecambe Winter Gardens (£2.9m).

 “By investing in the infrastructure that cultural organisations need we can help them make an even bigger impact on the places where they're based, benefiting the communities they work with” said ACE’s CEO Darren Henley.

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